From Introducing UNI:
The Uniswap team will continue to have no involvement in v2 protocol development, auditing, and other matters.
Obviously we still need someone to be involved in protocol development, auditing , and other matters.
It looks like the most natural way where the interests align the most would be for UNI holders to vote on hiring Uniswap team to do the job to start with.
I’m not saying people from Uniswap team are the only ones who should ever do the job, but they seem like good candidates to watch over the protocol while its developers network matures.
I think it would be quite good in the long run to have distributed developers network for the protocol - and it should be incentivised by the governance treasury. But we need to start somewhere, and it’s better to start in a safe place. As a bonus maybe it won’t cost us as much to hire Uniswap team given how invested they are into the protocol’s future.
Of course, it is possible that Uniswap team members will refuse to be hired by the community, but in this case it’s better to find out sooner rather than later, and start hiring people who will do the job that most definitely needs to be done. And probably hire them in quite a rush, as the engines will start running pretty soon.